Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang banner stacked ONE card in Manila
Team Lakay stars Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang are just some of the big names set to compete at ONE: Reign of Kings in Manila
For the third time this year, ONE Championship will be setting up shop at the Mall of Asia Arena, and they’re bringing an even bigger and more stacked card for the Filipino fight fans.
ONE Championship: Reign of Kings, will feature a highly-anticipated big name matchup between Team Lakay star and number one bantamweight contender Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon taking on two division ONE world champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen for the interim ONE Bantamweight World Championship.
The winner gets a shot at ONE’s longest-reigning world champion, bantamweight king Bibiano ‘Flash’ Fernandes.
A win for Belingon means that he finally gets what many believe is a long-overdue shot at the world championship.
A win for Nguyen, and he makes history by becoming a simultaneous three division world champion, something that hasn’t been done anywhere else.
Also on the card, Team Lakay lightweight star and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang returns to the ONE battlefield as he takes on unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov.
After losing his title back in late 2017, Folayang has successfully bounced back with a decisive win over Kharun Atlangeriev last May. ‘The Landslide’ will look to continue his journey back to the top when he meets another Russian who’s set to make his ONE debut.
The 20-year old Pahrudinov is not to be taken lightly, as he possesses a 20-0 record with 13 wins coming via submission and six via KO or TKO.
A win for Folayang and he moves a step closer to a shot at the world title he once held.
In other Pinoy action, Team Lakay’s former strawweight world title challenger Joshua Pacio will try to put together another winning streak as he takes on Thailand’s Pongsiri Misatit.
Gunning for his third straight victory, Pacio is also looking to get back to the top of the strawweight mountain, and to do that he’ll have to go through a tough challenge in Misatit.
The 22-year old Misatit is unbeaten in nine professional bouts, with all but one of his wins coming via decision.
Catalan Fighting System’s own Rene Catalan will also be in action as he puts his four-fight winning steak on the line against Indonesian Steffer Rahardian.
ONE: Reign of Kings also features former ONE Champion Shinya Aoki versus Shannon Wiratchai in a lightweight bout between top contenders, and a legend-versus-legend welterweight bout between Renzo Gracie and Yuki Kondo.
ONE: Reign of Kings happens on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!